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Dr Elaine Atkins is the MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine Programme Leader and ensures that students are fully supported in their progress throughout the MSc.

The MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine is a part time blended learning programme with limited attendance requirement and as such you are expected to be independent and take responsibility for your own progression. However, your module leaders/tutors will support you by directing your studies and advising you on the work that you need to cover in any given module.

In addition, at the beginning of the research module you will be allocated an academic advisor and a clinical advisor; both of these will be appropriate to your research topic and will provide support as you develop your proposal and dissertation. You will be responsible for maintaining timely contact with both advisors and we encourage you to take full advantage of their expertise and support.

The support of your cohort is paramount and you will be encouraged to share your contact details so that you can keep in touch throughout the programme.

Part time blended learning offers considerable flexibility to students; it can also lead you to feel isolated. You can be sure that the contact and support is there in abundance if you keep in touch.


Musculoskeletal medicine is a specialism that demands a high level of practical skill in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and this is reflected in the content of the modules. A variety of teaching approaches is used including lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group work, personal tutorials and presentations.


Formative and summative assessment methods are used to test students’ progress and the achievement of the learning outcomes of each constituent module. Formative assessment comprises self, peer and tutor assessment, with feedback, with self evaluation encouraged throughout. Summative assessment comprises written assignments and practical examinations, the exact nature of which is dependent on the modules chosen. All practical examinations are overseen by a Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellow who acts as internal moderator.  Overall assessment of the programme is moderated by an appointed external examiner.


The dissertation module is worth 60 master’s level academic credits, i.e. one third of the programme. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake research related to musculoskeletal medicine relevant to your area of practice; normally undertaking the research project that was proposed in the compulsory SOMM 1module.

Relevance to your career

The MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine programme offers students the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist knowledge and skills. The course is also an opportunity to pursue employment and career advancement within musculoskeletal medicine. Previous students have gone on to become clinical specialists or extended scope practitioners and some have published their work or continued their research to doctoral level.


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